Ali stripped of title, April 28, 1967
This week in 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after refusing to join the U.S. Army. An Associated Press article in the April 29, 1967, Joplin Globe of Joplin, Mo., explained his decision.
“Heavyweight champion Cassius Clay, self-styled 10 percent fighter and 90 percent Muslim minister, refused induction into the armed services Friday and laid himself open to fines and imprisonment. He was stripped of his rich title.
“The government began immediate plans for criminal action – which could bring as many as five years in jail – while the champion’s attorneys prepared to file a new lawsuit and renew an appeal for injunctions.”
Read more about Ali’s conscientious objection
An Associated Press article in the June 21, 1967, Ogden Standard-Examiner of Ogden, Utah, covered Ali’s jury conviction for refusing military service. Cassius Guilty
A New York Times article published June 29, 1971, in The Montana Standard of Butte, Mont., chronicled the Supreme Court’s ruling that Ali had been improperly drafted. High court overturns Ali’s conviction